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Everyone’s favorite classical music competition is back! What happens when you combine the New World Symphony and The Voice? To find out, join New World Symphony and your host, hip-hop artist and DJ Fly Guy, in a night that is equal parts contest and concert. Vying for the win this year are the violas, percussion, trumpet, harp, bassoon and cellos—who are determined to defend last year's title. Which instrument will win? You’ll decide, by voting on your favorite each round until the last instrument standing wins!
Face Off’s concert and voting app will be offered in English and Spanish.
Current NWS subscribers at all three package levels may RSVP for this virtual concert by contacting the Box Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 305.673.3331. Click here to learn how you can become an NWS subscriber!
Face Off is designed by Horn Fellows Corbin Castro and Eli Pandolfi and Clarinet Fellow Angelo Quail. Fellow-driven projects are sponsored in part by the Maxine and Stuart Frankel Foundation. Knight Foundation and New World Symphony: Reimagining Classical Music in the Digital Age. Face Off was originally designed by NWS alumna Andrea Beyer.
* Face Off: A Battle of the Instruments will stream live at 7:30 PM on Friday, Jan. 15. On-demand streaming will not be available after the concert starts.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Overture to The Marriage of Figaro, K. 492 (1786)
Chad Goodman, conductor
YOUR COMPETITORS, PERFORMING EXCERPTS FROM THE FOLLOWING WORKS:
Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
Love Theme from Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture (1869-80)
Arranged by Ben Fryxell
Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904)
Mvt. IV (Allegro con fuoco) from Symphony No. 9 in E minor,
Op. 95, “From the New World” (1893)
Hector Berlioz (1803-1869)
Mvt. IV (March to the Scaffold) from
Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14 (1830)
Arranged by Amelia del Caño
Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
Waltz of the Flowers from The Nutcracker, Op. 71a (1892)
Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
Variation V (Vivace) from Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Op. 56 (1873)
Joe Tompkins (b. 1970)
Trio in a Rudimental Style (2002)
Time to vote! The second round of competition will be announced shortly.
Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881)
The Great Gate of Kiev from Pictures from
an Exhibition (1874)
Orchestrated by Maurice Ravel
Dean Whiteside, conductor
Fly Guy is a visionary, a dreamer and a burst of raw talent in the entertainment scene. Described as an Adult-Contemporary Hip-Hop Artist/DJ blending impeccable taste with a feel for the moment, Fly Guy channels his incomparable passion through his musical performances, bringing a surge of energy to any room he spins or performs in. With roots grounded in his homeland of Georgetown, Guyana (South America), Fly Guy’s hustle and determination has helped catapult him to the top of his industry in the U.S.
Once the self-taught talent got his start, there was no turning back. He learned briskly and with ease, taking every gig as a learning opportunity; quickly becoming well-known for his masterful ability to connect to crowds. With his energetic presence fueling the motion on dance floors around the country, Fly Guy began to make a name for himself as a versatile, impassioned, top talent DJ.
Now a global sensation highlighted by an appearance on VH1’s “Master of the Mix” DJ reality tv show, it’s no wonder that the likes of Drake, Erykah Badu, A$AP Rocky, J Cole and Robin Thicke have chosen Fly Guy to curate the ‘soundtracks’ of their private events. He’s made waves at appearances during Miami's Art Basel weekends year after year as well as playing in nationally-renowned festivals, and nightclubs from Tokyo to Switzerland, Asia, Canada, the Caribbean and South America; in addition to taking on the role as an official DJ for Copa America Centenario Soccer Tournament, deejaying in national athletic stadiums across North America.
Through all this, Fly Guy remains a Miami staple as one of the city’s premiere DJs, with residencies at LIV nightclub, STORY nightclub, and a slew of other hot spots. Outside of the nightlife, Fly Guy commits to dedicating his time to mentor the South Florida youth. While working in conjunction with various Non-Profit organizations Fly Guy has remained connected to community outreach by speaking to youth at local high schools and colleges as well as the TASK FORCE FOR GUYANA’s YOUTH, which is a non-profit based in South Florida that helps children in need in his home country of Guyana.
In an industry and a world where many choose to fake it until they make it, Fly Guy remains as genuine as they come.
Chad Goodman serves as the Conducting Fellow of the New World Symphony and as an Assistant Conductor to the San Francisco Symphony. With a flair for inventive programming and a bold presence on stage and in the community, he has been praised for "bringing innovation to classical music" (Forbes).
Mr. Goodman designs and presents programs which reimagine how orchestras connect with their audiences. His 2019 education program, “SPARK: How Composers Find Inspiration,” blended captivating light design and videography with engaging audience participation to explore how a composition is created and brought to life by an orchestra. In his first season as Conducting Fellow at NWS, he conducted on nearly a dozen programs and worked closely with Artistic Director Michael Tilson Thomas, sharing the podium with him on three programs.
Since 2018, Mr. Goodman has served as an Assistant Conductor to the San Francisco Symphony, assisting Esa-Pekka Salonen, Manfred Honeck, Daniel Harding, Pablo Heras-Casado, Simone Young and James Gaffigan, among others.
As Founder and Artistic Director of Elevate Ensemble, Mr. Goodman’s ambitious vision for concert programming resulted in the pairing of music from Bay Area composers with underappreciated gems of the 20th and 21st centuries. Under his leadership, Elevate Ensemble established a Composer-in-Residence program and commissioned 15 works from Bay Area composers.
Elevate collaborated with photographers, videographers, poets and culinary artists, bringing new music and vibrant multi-genre experiences to unique venues such as yoga studios, historic Victorian homes and art studio warehouses.
Mr. Goodman has previously served as Music Director of the Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra and Assistant Conductor of the Peninsula Symphony. He has been a conducting fellow for the Atlantic Music Festival, a rehearsal and cover conductor for the San Francisco Ballet, and has collaborated with composer Mason Bates on his electronica-classical music project, Mercury Soul.
In addition to his performing career, Mr. Goodman has discussed the future of live performance as a panelist at Meyer Sound Laboratories and taught young musicians the business and entrepreneurial skills needed to successfully navigate the world as a working musician in his workshop “You Just Earned a Music Degree. Now What?”
Mr. Goodman holds a bachelor of music degree from the Eastman School of Music and a master of music degree from San Francisco State University. His mentors include Michael Tilson Thomas, Alasdair Neale, Cyrus Ginwala and Martin Seggelke.
A laboratory for the way music is taught, presented and experienced, the New World Symphony consists of 77 young musicians who are granted fellowships lasting up to three years. The fellowship program offers in-depth exposure to traditional and modern repertoire, professional development training and personalized experiences working with leading guest conductors, soloists and visiting faculty.
NWS Fellows take advantage of the innovative performance facilities and state-of-the art practice and ensemble rooms of the Frank Gehry-designed New World Center, the campus of the New World Symphony and home of the Knight New Media Center.
In the hopes of joining NWS, more than 1,150 recent music school and conservatory graduates compete for available fellowships each year. The Fellows are selected for this highly competitive, prestigious opportunity based on their musical achievement and promise, as well as their passion for the future of classical music.